Usually the start of every season is fairly predictable, especially in the premier league. Most of the “big time” clubs win the first few games and get a great head start. And that usually marks the start of a great season with intensity. But this season is unlike the ones in the past few years, and not just in terms of starting later than usual.
For starters Everton is leading the Premier League…Both Man City and Liverpool are in fairly low positions due to their key players being out occasionally, from Aguero in the start to Van Dijk in the lastest game. Back in the La liga, both Barca and Real Madrid aren’t in their best forms or at the top, but could certainly be much worse off.
Juventus took a toll with their star player tested positive for the coronavirus while playing the captain for the Portuguese national team. Fortunately, he is currently asymptomatic and safe back home in Italy. In fact, he even got in an indirect public row with the Italian sports minister in regards to whether or not he broke health protocols while flying back to Italy.
Meanwhile, Juventus matched up with Barcelona in the UEFA Champions league, where Messi and Ronaldo are set to face one another once again. The two kings of soccer will play against each other after two very long years. In fact, they haven’t played against each other in a high profile tournament such as the Champions league since 2011. So mark your calendars for 28th October, since that is going to be the one game to watch. And let’s hope for Ronaldo’s quick complete recovery in time for this amazing showdown.
Back in England, Liverpool may be in a dire situation due to star defender Virgil Van Dijk’s ACL injury in their most recent match against Everton. His absence is most definitely to cause a huge hole in the Reds defense options and may as well cause them the title this year. But if anyone can come up with a strategy to tape the hole in Liverpool’s wall back up, it’s Jurgen Klopp. So, don’t fear Liver fans since you still have one of the most accredited soccer managers anywhere in the world.
Meanwhile in City, Aguero is back but has instantly caused some trouble for his club. In his latest match against Arsenal, he put his hand on the female assistant referee’s shoulder as what seemed to be a power and intimidating move against her to challenge her decision of a throw in to Arsenal. This incident caused a wave of comments on social media, from UK politicians attacking him to Pep defending him. Should he have intimidated an official on the field? Was it just a quick harmless reaction or something more?
The one thing that remains constant this season as well is Lewandowski. The polish player continues to score for Bayern Munich and totally deserves the Ballon d’Or that he never received. Stay tuned to find out if the season will continue to be like no other, or will stabilize and become fairly predictable.
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